#Venice #LagoonCalling #NoContorta
Brussels, 25 August 2014 - An international petition addressed to Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Chairman of the Joint Committee for Safeguarding Venice, has been launched by Venetian citizens to cancel the planned project of dredging a new maxi-canal for mega-ships in the Venetian Lagoon, that would critically alter its already fragile hydrologic balance and, consequently, endanger Venice itself.
As from today, the petition is circulating worldwide together with an explanatory note "The Lagoon call" to raise awareness inside the European Institutions and to collect signatures within the International community living in Brussels.
Among the subscribers, the world known historian Alvise Zorzi, former President of the Association of International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice; journalists Francesco Da Mosto, Sebastiano Giorgi, Manfredi Manera, Maristella Tagliaferro, Silvio Testa, Pieralvise Zorzi; authors Alessandro Marzo Magno and Alberto Toso Fei. In Venice the petition brought together former members of the City Council and descendants of ancient Venetian Patrician families that founded and ruled the Serenissima, such as Zorzi, Barozzi, Grimani, Querini and Da Mosto; the descendants of Giobatta Gianquinto (the first post-WW2 City Mayor) and of Gianpietro Talamini (founder of the Venetian newspaper 'Il Gazzettino'); entrepreneurs Massimo and Marco Vidal, Andrea Tagliapietra, and renowned gondola master-craftsman Saverio Pastor; iconic actress Ottavia Piccolo and Professor Carlo Beltrame (reader in Marine Archeology at Ca' Foscari University in Venice). The petition was signed also by US citizens who are members of the Taliaferro/Tolliver family that traces its origins back to the Republic of Venice.
The petition, original version:
Fermate lo scavo del maxi- canale Contorta, prima che sia troppo tardi
The petition, English version: https://www.change.org/p/stop-the-plan-to-dredge-the-maxi-canal-contorta-in-venice-before-it-s-too-late